Oregon Ducks Building a National Power
In 1994, the Oregon Ducks shocked the Pac-10 by winning the conference and playing the in the Rose Bowl.
But it took them seven more years to win a BCS game, beating the Colorado Buff's in the Fiesta Bowl and climbing up the rankings all the way to No 2 in the final standings. And then the Chip Kelly era took the Pac-10/12 by storm, dominating the conference from that point onward.
Kelly may be gone, but his system is still there. And so, frankly, is Nike poobah Phil Knight and his open checkbook.
Oregon is looking to maintain its sucess by building the Death Star of athletic facilities.
This $68million masterpiece is expected to help carry on the national prominence of the Ducks' football program. To Oregon fans, $68million might be worth a National Championship, or two, or three.
Now that they've dodged an NCAA bullet -- and who knows what went on in the backrooms to get that deal -- it's nothing but full steam ahead for the Quackers' football program. And in Eugene, that means vapor trails. Oregon remains one of the fastest teams in the country.